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  1. #1114992017-07-20 19:48:50catofwar said:

    One of the most disturbing books on slavery would have to be this one, it is called "the known world" by Edward P. Jones, the horrific historical accounts of abuse shocked me, back in those times (not far distant) ear cuttings. shooting slaves for running away, I close my eyes in some chapters because of the horror of what I have read. Buying ppl and selling them, and then teaching the slaves that it is in Gods word that they do as they are told is just mind bending.

  2. #1115022017-07-21 07:10:35DarkChaplain said:

    Just finished A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, also known as the first John Carter of Mars novel.
    Typical ERB, of course. John Carter is, basically, a perfect human being, adored by almost everybody. He learns an entire new language within days, similar to how ERB's Tarzan learned to act civilized and speak various languages in a short timespan. However, I actually really enjoyed the adventure, even though the end was... contrived. As in, John Carter doesn't remember he knew something vital to solve a problem until it was basically too late to make use of. Made me scratch my head, really. But oh well, the rest was fun, if obviously dated in style.

    Gonna go back to Lady of the Lake and Oregairu for a while and then continue with Gods of Mars, book two.

  3. #1115842017-07-27 16:09:08DarkChaplain said:

    Still on Lady of the Lake & Oregairu, but now also on Age of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan (yay!) and Star Wars: Battlefront II: Inferno Squad by Christie Golden. Good week for releases!

  4. #1116182017-07-30 16:08:45IrawaWeirHolo said:

    After finishing "Norwegian Wood", I browsed the net for some of Murakami's works and found out ppl are saying that NW was too different from what his previous works were. It made me look forward reading his other works. For some reason, I can't seem to like the book "White Swan Black Swan". Maybe I'm not cut to read short stories so I dropped it and started reading "foolscap or, the stages of love".

  5. #1124732017-11-25 11:15:17 *DarkChaplain said:

    Alright, let's just throw a bunch of titles, covers and links on here.

    I just finished Roadside Picnic by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky. Author Peter Fehervari asked about my thoughts on it, so idiot me wrote a review of it this morning. As such, I won't comment on it here.

    I am also currently typing up my late review of The Horusian Wars: Resurrection by John French, a Warhammer 40,000 Inquisition novel harking back to the old days of the Inquisitor specialist game and its characters. This one was, I'm afraid, a disappointment and never really pulled me in.

    Likewise, I just finished A Time of Dread by John Gwynne about a week ago, which is on the review desk as well. I got an early copy, the book isn't due until January, but damn me do I love John's books. This is the start of a new series following his The Faithful and the Fallen quartet, so you should start with that instead. They're fantastic fantasy novels.

    I'm still reading The City of Ice by K.M.McKinley. Somehow I keep getting distracted by other things, like review requests, shiny new releases, you get it. The book's been great so far and follows right on from The Iron Ship. There was a sea dragon humping the ship just a bit ago, and you don't see that every day. Especially not with that kind of... climax.

    The Big One™ would probably be Brandon Sanderson's Oathbringer, book three in the Stormlight Archive series.I'm not that far into it, though with Sanderson, that is always relative. I'd be halfway through most regular novels already, but barely 10% through this one. It is longer than even Words of Radiance, its predecessor.

    I could list a few others, like Olaf Stapledon's Sirius, which I'm about to start this weekend, or The Fell Sword, which I'm eager to get to after recently finishing Miles Cameron's The Red Knight. There's also a veritable host of Light Novels on my shelf now, waiting for me to get to them. If only I could use The World and catch up...

  6. #1124822017-11-25 23:57:04 *Kinnear said:

    Started reading the Baccano! light novels recently. Great read, check them out if you're interested. As of now, the first 4 volumes are translated to English.

  7. #1130592018-01-18 03:57:42shafnat said:

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    THE MOTH SAGA, by Daniel Arenson. It was pretty fun! i mean i haven't read a lot of books but then this one came and i'm glad i can actually finish it. The story is pretty much about a world, Mythimna, where it doesnt turn anymore, leaving a side always day, and the other side always night. It's really nice for me because it seems the writer is trying to fit in every cultures and races in the world into one fantasy world without mentioning a single real races and cultures name. The book one is free on the author's website though.

  8. #1134802018-03-08 00:13:21 *DarkChaplain said:

    This thing still exists and I'm waiting for the machine to hurry up encoding stuff, so why not dump my reading list here in the meantime?

    Last Saturday I finally got contacted by the author of The Dragon's Blade that his final novel in the trilogy was almost ready for release, and he emailed me an advanced copy of it.

    I'm currently 33% through and enjoying it a lot, especially because I've seen Miller grow over the course of three novels now. He's also one of the first authors to reach out to me directly via email, and a good chap.
    The second novel already improved a bunch over the first, especially in terms of how smooth it read and, with characters firmly established, it allowed him to play more to the unfolding drama than world building. This one does it even better so far, brings conflict from the start while still having a lot of material in the back hand. There's no recap period either, it goes straight into the matter again with no time or space wasted on things you should still remember. This can be tricky (I read the second book a little over a year ago I believe), but bit by bit you pick up the ends naturally.

    Secondly, I've been working through War & Peace since January. I haven't been plowing through it at the speed I wanted, but that's mostly due to distractions from new releases.

    I absolutely despise a lot of the characters, but love others, and think this one's actually far more interesting than modern heads may acknowledge. As someone who enjoys space opera type stories to begin with, this is an easy match anyway (even without the space). Now if only I could reach in and slap some stupid characters about for being retarded...

    Last Saturday also saw the release of the surprise 4th Eisenhorn novel by Dan Abnett. This was planned as a short story, then became a novella, then a full novel, and then published as a novel with a host of short stories that the novel ties into the Eisenhorn/Ravenor mythos. Some of the stories I'd never read before, because they had no link to Gregor Eisenhorn or Gideon Ravenor, but now they're relevant and actually amazing.

    So far I've only touched on the first chapters of The Magos itself, and spent time re-reading all the included shorts instead. It's been a great experience so far, especially after coming from a full trilogy re-read the past months. I was hoping to get the Ravenor trilogy done too before The Magos, but the publisher decided to only put the third Ravenor book onto Audible so far, and I so enjoy Toby Longworth's narrations...

    Then, once I clear something off the list, I'll likely read Yahtzee Croshaw's newest novel, Differently Morphous. Yahtzee is best known for his Zero Punctuation series on The Escapist/Youtube, but his previous three novels have all been great fun. I'm glad he wrote another one so soon, with Will Save the Galaxy for Food only having released a year ago.

    Funnily, this one's launching as an audiobook first, then a proper e/print book in around 6 months. Thankfully that's the way I like his works anyway - because he's narrating them himself.

  9. #1135442018-03-21 22:17:53S9 said:

    "England. A century ago, give or take a few years. An England where people who are wicked in thought or deed are marked by the Smoke that pours forth from their bodies, a sign of their fallen state. The aristocracy do not smoke, proof of their virtue and right to rule, while the lower classes are drenched in sin and soot. An England utterly strange and utterly real."

    This book reminds me of some fanfiction I don't like, but I enjoy the idea of Smoke, it's hilarious.

  10. #1141322018-06-10 00:25:01Sheep said:

    A neighbor's dog died and this kid with "behavioral problems" decided to become a detective and find out who murdered the dog.

    Found this book while "cleaning" the house (just throwing things in a box). It's really old, torn and dusty but eh, I see a dog, I read the book.

  11. #1141372018-06-10 15:39:50DarkChaplain said:

    About to finish Season of Storms by Andrzej Sapkowski. It's a Witcher novel written after the series' conclusion, but set between stories of the first anthology (as in, the chronologically first book, making SoS something like volume 1.8).

    Funnily enough, two chapters of it were adapted into a comic short series (5 issues iirc), in Fox Children. Reading the original version was a bit weird, deja vu and what not, but both versions were good.

    After that I'll probably try to move on with War & Peace, since that's been on my bedside table since January now. I'm over halfway through, but at some point recent releases got more interesting.

    Then I'll probably try to finish up some Light Novels I got lying around. New releases there (meaning preorders) already drown me. So those, and probably some catching up on Horus Heresy novels (Haven't read 43, 47 and 49 yet).

  12. #1150702018-10-28 17:49:30S9 said:

    “You must choose, Beren, between these two: to relinquish the quest and your oath and seek a life of wandering upon the face of the earth; or to hold to your word and challenge the power of darkness upon its throne. But on either road I shall go with you, and our doom shall be alike.

    This book is amazing.